The fan favorite Ginebra Kings are languishing in the doldrums.
They just lost their fifth straight game.
Theyre averaging about 21 turnovers per game against 19 assists. That means they turn the ball over more than they actually find someone in good scoring position.
Their scoring has dipped from 104.0ppg in their first two games to just 80.4ppg in their last five matches.
Oh, and Dylan Ababou just went down with an ACL tear. Hes out for the better part of the next year.
His name is added to a sick bay list that already has Kerby Raymundo, Allein Maliksi, and Jayjay Helterband.
With all these curveballs going the Kings way, whod want to be Siot Tangquincen?
This isnt really meant to pick apart the reasons why the Kings are in a tailspin. They have a deep, if depleted, roster. Mark Caguioa is still there. LA Tenorios healthy. Rudy Hatfield, Willy Wilson, Mike Cortez, and Rico Maierhofer are all solid. Keith Jensen and Chris Ellis are two athletic young uns who should be match-up nightmares for anyone.
But theyre losing, and losing BAD. Three of their five losses have been double-digit defeats. Their second win of the season (against Rain or Shine last October 7) was a 4-point nail-biter.
Only the Batang Pier are worse, and thats not saying much. That might just be good news, however, as Ginebra faces the rookie franchise next. The Kings have a golden chance to redeem themselves in that game, but then they face a trifecta of terrors in Talk N Text, Alaska, and Rain or Shine.
The fan favorite Gin Kings are in the doldrums, and they might stay there a little longer.
Game Recaps: BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 95-94
Ronal Tubid made up for his booboo in a previous play and converted the go-ahead to lead Barako Bull to a pulsating 95-94 win over GlobaPort in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
After missing a point blank attempt, Tubid received a pass from a falling Sean Anthony after a wild scramble for the loose ball. The wingman from Iloilo hit an undergoal basket with 18.1 seconds left in the game to push Barako Bull.
I told Ronald before the scramble, instead of passing, step up to the plate. This is his game. Hes our No. 1 guy in the shooting guard position, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The Batang Pier had a chance to steal the game, but Josh Vanlangdingham missed a three-pointer as time expired. The Energy Colas snapped a three-game losing streak to push their win-loss mark to 3-5.
Medyo struggling ang team. Hopefully this win can prop up us especially Josh (Urbiztondo). We need Josh in our team, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The problem is we have to improve our offensive sets. We cant rely much on Rico (Villanueva) on the post because teams are scouting us. We need to inject some variations in our offense.
Tubid led the Energy Colas with 19 points, but almost turned into a goat after his late miss. Villanueva added 18 points while Mick Pennisi and Leo Najorda contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for Barako Bull.
GlobalPorts loss spoiled Mark Yees 20-point performance, one shy of matching the career-high he set two years ago. Willie Miller had 17 points in 43 minutes, but missed a crucial attempt before Tubids basket.
BAR 95- Tubid 19, Villanueva 18, Pennisi 13, Najorda 11, Anthony 9, Urbiztondo 9, Yap 9, Kramer 4, Alvarez 3, Ballesteros 0 GLO 94- Yee 20, Miller 17, Manuel 12, Deutchman 11, Lingganay 10, Vanlandingham 7, Vergara 7, Al-Hussaini 5, Antonio 3, Adducul 2, Mandani 0, Guevarra 0 QS: 22-18, 49-48, 77-74, 95-94
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 106-81
Rain or Shine caught Meralco on a bad night and posted an emphatic 106-81 win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters defense took the energy out of the Bolts early, allowing them to coast to the much-needed victory to join Alaska at second spot with a 5-2 win-loss mark.
One way to redeem ourselves coming off a loss (against Talk N Text) was to play our best game against the hottest team, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
But Im really surprised we beat them in the manner we beat them today. We just got our rhythm both on offense and defense and were able to run our breaks.
The 25-point margin was the teams most since its 113-83 demolition of Air 21 last March 16 in the Commissioners Cup.
Jireh Ibanes led all scorers with 23 points and was Guiaos main defensive weapon on Meralcos deadly backcourt of Mac Cardona and Sol Mercado.
Beau Belga added 16 points, Ryan Arana had 15, while JR Quinahan contributed 10 in a balanced attack for the Elasto Painters, who led by much as 33 points, 94-61, midway in the fourth.
Cardona finished with 20 but Mercado struggled with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field.
We were ready to play match up against their top three guards, Sol, Mac and Ronjay (Buenafe), said Guiao. We did not let them get their usual confidence and rhythm in their past four wins and I think thats the key.
Buenafe, a member of the Rain or Shine squad that won the Governors Cup last season, had a quiet 11-point output in his first game against his former team.
Meralco rookie Cliff Hodge had nine points, most of which were scored in garbage time, and 14 rebounds, 10 off the offensive end, but was plagued with foul trouble throughout the game. The Bolts record fell to 4-3.
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 78-68
San Mig Coffee pulled off a masterful 78-68 win against undermanned Barangay Ginbera San Miguel to share the second spot with two other teams in the finale of a rare triple-header in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday before 19,718 fans at the jam-packed SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Coffee Mixers found the right mix early in the game, while the Gin Kings never found its rhythm to absorb their fifth straight defeat after starting the tournament with back-to-back wins.
The win shoved San Mig Coffee into a triple tie for the No. 2 position in the standings with Rain or Shine and the streaking Alaska with identical 5-2 win-loss records.
Joe Devance fired a game-high 18 points, including back-to-back three-pointers that helped the Mixers pull away. They erected their biggest lead at 73-51 with 7:30 remaining in the game.
Ginebra never had a serious run since.
James Yap added 14 points while Peter June Simon and Marc Pingris contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for San Mig Coffee.
We played a great defensive game plan. There were times that Ginebra could shoot us on the foot but they missed lay-ups. Their layups wont fall and it happens when you lose some games, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
We did play good defensively, although [we got] a little sloppy in the fourth. But were sharp defensively.
Already without Kerby Raymudo (flu), Ginebra lost another player in Dylan Ababou in the first half due to a suspected torn ACL. Gin Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen did not utilize Jayjay Helterbrand (hamstring) and Allein Maliksi (ankle injury) who were also nursing injuries in the game.
It is Ginebras longest losing streak since dropping five straight in the elimination round of the 2009 Fiesta Conference.
Mark Caguioa led the Gin Kings with 16 points while LA Tenorio and Chris Ellis added 12 and 11, respectively.
Beermen draw first blood versus Kings - 9 hours ago
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San Miguel Beer made a statement in the opener of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals, jumping out of the starting block and roaring all the way to a 109-82 rout of Barangay Ginebra at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday. With a longer rest than Ginebra from their Final Four grinds, the Beermen made a conscious effort to push the tempo from the get-go, and got their desired results. SMB starters June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Arwind S... [read more]
San Miguel Beer made a statement in the opener of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals, jumping out of the starting block and roaring all the way to a 109-82 rout of Barangay Ginebra at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday. With a longer rest than Ginebra from their Final Four grinds, the Beermen made a conscious effort to push the tempo from the get-go, and got their desired results. SMB starters June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) smothered badly their Ginebra counterparts in the opening minutes and set the tone of the match early. With the SMB reserves also coming out smoking, the Beermen hardly allowed the Kings to get into the game and also kept the Ginebra throngs from getting involved in the duel. What was an expected battle turned to a rout. 'We knew they just had one practice going to this game. One-day preparation is tough. We jumped on them and made a statement early in the game,' said Ross. After taking an early 27-point bulge before closing the half at 60-39, the Beermen hardly slowed down and went on to deal the Kings their third biggest loss in PBA finals and coach Tim Cone his worst finals defeat in almost 20 years. For all intents and purposes, Game One was all over after the first three quarters with San Miguel leading by 33 points at 89-56. Ginebra coach Tim Cone opted to rest his top guns in the final quarter as they were visibly reeling from fatigue from the semis series versus Star. SMB coach Leo Austria said they have to be ready for a Ginebra fightback in Game Two set at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Cabagnot, Ross and Fajardo collected double-digit outputs right in the first half in their early explosions powering SMB to a 21-point lead at the half. It was the most lopsided first half in PBA finals opener since Alaska enjoyed a 46-24 halftime lead over Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup. Ross and Fajardo finished with 17 points apiece, Cabagnot and Gabby Espinas wound up with 16 each while Ronald Tubid came through with 11 markers. The powerhouse SMB starting unit clobbered its Ginebra counterpart, 45-9, in the first half, and they got welcome breather in the second half. Ginebra starters LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP), Solomon Mercado (185-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Aljun Mariano all came out flat. The Kings got some points on the board in the second period from second stringers Mark Caguioa, Jervy Cruz and Chris Ellis (196-F-88) with 10, eight and seven points, respectively. Cabagnot, Lassiter and Santos drained all their first four three-point shots while Fajardo converted his first pair of free throws and first post attack in a hot 17-2 opening attack in the first four minutes of the contest. Ginebra called two early timeouts but failed to stop San Miguel's jackrabbit start. Courtesy of: pba.ph
Ginebra crushes Star, sets duel of champs vs SMB - 3 days ago
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Barangay Ginebra reigned over Star in their do-or-die setto and set up an interesting battle of champs with San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup finale. The Gin Kings stoked the fire of their 91-67 triumph over the Star Hotshots the last time and repeated with a wire-to-wire 89-76 win Tuesday night to claim the second berth in the best-of-seven title playoff. San Miguel secured the first finals berth early on in topping TNT KaTropa also in Game Seven of their own semis duel. Sol... [read more]
Barangay Ginebra reigned over Star in their do-or-die setto and set up an interesting battle of champs with San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup finale. The Gin Kings stoked the fire of their 91-67 triumph over the Star Hotshots the last time and repeated with a wire-to-wire 89-76 win Tuesday night to claim the second berth in the best-of-seven title playoff. San Miguel secured the first finals berth early on in topping TNT KaTropa also in Game Seven of their own semis duel. Solomon Mercado (185-PG-84, college: Biola, CA), Lewis Tenorio (177-PG-84), Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky) and Scottie Thompson all dished out sterling games to lead the Kings in their Game Seven victory over the Hotshots to the delight of their huge cheering throng at the MOA Arena in Pasay City. Completing a comeback from 0-2 then 2-3 down in this Final Four, the Kings now have a chance to end a 10-year drought in the all-Filipino tourney. But Ginebra, the Governors Cup titlist, will have a tough roadblock to hurdle in reigning back-to-back Philippine Cup champion San Miguel. The duel of champs commences Friday at the same Pasay City playing venue. Quashed was Star's bid for a first finals stint since its 2014 grand slam run. 'It was a tough seven-game series but our guys just did a good job pushing and pushing, and battling and battling,' said Ginebra coach Tim Cone . 'We had to keep on pushing. I reminded the guys of Game Six where we fell behind. The guys accepted the warning and they kept battling,' Cone added. Mercado, Lewis Tenorio, Aguilar and Thompson took charge leading their rampage. Mercado and Lewis Tenorio scored 23 and 21 points, respectively, and delivered the clutch plays to quell the Hotshots' last stand in the payoff period. Aguilar provided the firepower early on and finished with 19 points and five rebounds while Thompson was a tremendous energy source, contributing 10 points, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist. Cone mentioned the key role played by Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) in the absence of the injury-hit Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) as well as the boost they gained from their virtual sixth man - the crowd. A crowd of over 20,000 filled the MOA Arena in this deciding Game Seven, including a legendary personality, whose entry in the venue sparked thunderous chants of 'Ja-wors-ki! Ja-wors-ki!' Being the more aggressive team, the Kings enjoyed a big advantage in charities and led by nine, 45-36, at the half. Ginebra had 10-of-13 foul shots as against Star's 0-of-3. The Kings imposed themselves on the Hotshots from the get-go, opening the game with a 6-0 spurt on a long two and a jarring jam by Aguilar then a mid-range jumper by Devance. Star had its first basket on a 10-footer by Paul Lee with already over three minutes into the contest. Aguilar had 12 points, Mercado nine and Devance seven in their dominant run in the opening half. Courtesy of: pba.ph
Beermen crush Texters, clinch first finals berth - 4 days ago
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San Miguel Beer's Super Five all came through with super effort in near no-relief games as the Beermen crushed the Jason Castro-less TNT KaTropa side, 96-83, to nail the first berth in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Monday night at the MOA Arena. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) were Iron Men powering SMB past TNT in their do-o... [read more]
San Miguel Beer's Super Five all came through with super effort in near no-relief games as the Beermen crushed the Jason Castro-less TNT KaTropa side, 96-83, to nail the first berth in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals Monday night at the MOA Arena. June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) were Iron Men powering SMB past TNT in their do-or-die setto and into the best-of-seven finals versus the winner of the Barangay Ginebra-Star matchup. Fajardo churned out 22 points and 19 rebounds in his 15th double-double job in 19 games in the tourney, Santos came through with 20 markers and 12 boards in his own double-double effort while Ross (with 18 markers, 10 assists and six boards) had a close shave with a triple-double performance. Cabagnot and Lassiter came up with their double-digit productions with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as SMB completed a come-from-behind win versus TNT and earned a crack at an all-Filipino three-peat. 'I would like to congratulate the TNT organization especially coach Nash Racela . In Game Seven, Austria had to play all his starters almost without rest. Santos, Cabagnot, Ross and Lassiter all played over 40 minutes. Fajardo had the least playing time at 38:31. 'It's the last game of the series.' said Austria. Castro was helpless behind the TNT bench with a strained left hamstring suffered Saturday. Sans Castro, the Texters put up a decent stand in the first half before falling behind by 20 from which they failed to recover. The Beermen unleashed a 12-4 start in the final half to make their first major separation in the contest at 53-43. They then zoomed to a lead as big as 20 and held onto a safe margin all the way to the end. 'From the start, I knew this would be a tough series because the two teams have equal talents. We're a bit fortunate they missed Troy Rosario in Game Six then Jason Castro tonight,' Austria also said. Austria and his team advanced to the finale for the fourth time in the last seven conferences. The league's winningest ball club, San Miguel will be shooting for a seventh all-Filipino crown and 23rdoverall. The Beermen are on line to match the Texters' Philippine Cup three-peat set in 2011-13. Courtesy of: pba.ph
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